An Ode to Texas Toast

By Megan Giller  |  January 16, 2014

Folks, it looks like the hipster apocalypse has finally come and artisanal toast is now a thing. We heard from our sources that places like Intelligentsia in Chicago have replaced their entire food menu with toast and jam, and other places like the Red Door in downtown San Francisco are doing so as well. Since Austin runs a bit behind the big cities, this trend has yet to arrive.

On this occasion, then, we’d like to offer an ode to Texas toast, that last bastion of unpretentious bread products and the most Texan food that isn’t smoked meat. The thick, buttery white bread could stand on its own deliciousness, but old-school restaurants and new-schoolers who know what’s good for them slather on even more butter and crisp it up. Who among us hasn’t bitten into a slab from Texas’ own Whataburger and closed their eyes in delight? It’s hard to decide if it’s better on its own as the ultimate side dish or as the handles on a hefty sandwich, like the ultimate grilled cheese at Max’s Wine Dive.

Thankfully, Texas toast is an art that many around town still practice. Find it at places like Bacon and Your Mom’s Burger Bar as well as Haymaker and Dai Due’s stand at the farmer’s market.